Origin of acquaintance
Examples from the Web for acquaintance
Not long ago, I mentioned the Victims of Communism Memorial to an acquaintance.
In the early 2000s, an acquaintance told Sun about the possibility of doing business in Ethiopia.
James was a very disciplined guy at the time and he was an acquaintance of mine.Scott Haze on Playing a Necrophiliac in ‘Child of God’ and Naked Paintballing with James Franco|Melissa Leon|August 3, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Heim had met von Leers a few times, but it was not an acquaintance he had any interest in deepening.
These were, remember, college students in an age of widespread awareness of acquaintance rape.
Is it indeed true that I was so near to the pleasure and honour of making your acquaintance?The Letters of Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett, Vol. 1 (of 2) 1845-1846|Robert Browning and Elizabeth Barrett Barrett
I should not have thought—but a week's acquaintance does not show you much of a character.Hester, Volume 2 (of 3)|Margaret Oliphant
He was only an acquaintance—one with a grisly shadow in his past—and it was best that he remain such.The White Desert|Courtney Ryley Cooper
Johnny Upright keeps one, as I well know, she being my first acquaintance in this particular portion of the world.The People of the Abyss|Jack London
Gourlay was merely boasting—as young blades are apt to do of acquaintance with older roisterers.The House with the Green Shutters|George Douglas Brown
British Dictionary definitions for acquaintance
Word Origin and History for acquaintance
c.1300, "state of being acquainted;" late 14c., "person with whom one is acquainted;" also "personal knowledge;" from Old French acointance "acquaintance, friendship, familiarity," noun of action from acointer (see acquaint). Acquaintant (17c.), would have been better in the "person known" sense but is now obsolete.
Idioms and Phrases with acquaintance
see nodding acquaintance; scrape up an acquaintance.